Ariane 5 bulkhead design assessed for Airbus airliners

An adapted version of a composite bulkhead that safeguards satellites during their ascent on the ESA-developed Ariane 5 launch vehicle has been tested for service aboard single aisle Airbus aircraft. Fitted in the rear tail cone, it would serve as a firewall to protect passengers in the event of the rear auxiliary power unit engine Read More

WDR expands HD capacity with SES on ASTRA 19.2 degrees East

Expansion of services allows German viewers to enjoy WDR’s TV programming in HD quality The leading German public broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), regional member of the ARD broadcasting group operating in North Rhine-Westphalia, has expanded its partnership with SES to secure an additional transponder for High Definition (HD) programming on ASTRA 19.2 degrees East orbital Read More

ExoMars orbiter images Perseverance landing site (labelled)

The ESA-Roscosmos Trace Gas Orbiter has spotted NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, along with its parachute and back shell, heat shield and descent stage, in the Jezero Crater region of Mars. The images were captured with the orbiter’s CaSSIS camera on 23 February 2021. The components are labelled and are seen as dark or bright Read More

ESA – Cosmic Kiss goes symphonic

An epic ‘Space Symphony’ composed by Germany’s BigCityBeats is set to add musical goosebumps to the preparations of ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer for his Cosmic Kiss space mission, thanks to a new cooperation with ESA. This autumn, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will become the fourth German astronaut to visit the International Space Station, and the Read More

SES S.A. announces financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020

“A strong year of execution, a clear path to profitable growth and a commitment to shareholder return” Third successive year delivering EBITDA outlook despite challenging COVID-19 environment in 2020 • Growth engine Networks revenue +5% YOY(1,2), or +27% since 2017, and Video revenue of €1,108 million in line with expectations • Adjusted EBITDA(3) of €1,152 Read More

ESA – Greener way to get satellites moving

A sustained test firing of a ‘green’ satellite thruster at Poland’s Institute of Aviation, intended as a future alternative to today’s hydrazine-based apogee engines, typically used by telecommunication satellites to manoeuvre into their final geostationary orbits. Today hydrazine is the most common propellant employed by thrusters aboard satellites: it is highly energetic in nature but Read More